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Peak 3496 - Picketpost Quadrangle, AZ
mini location map2012-06-24
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Peak 3496 - Picketpost Quadrangle, AZ 
Peak 3496 - Picketpost Quadrangle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2012
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.47 Miles 1,252 AEG
Hiking2.47 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   1.41 mph
1,252 ft AEG      24 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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When I noticed a road heading east from below Dromedary I made a quick change of plans and decided to bag Peak 3496 while I was in the neighborhood. Just a few miles of driving and I was into the next climb.

It was another very steep one to begin with but with plenty of brush at least I had things to grab onto. Barely ten minutes into the climb as I'm reaching for another piece of brush I saw a snake only a few inches from my hand... :o
But instantly I knew it was just a harmless garter snake, quite unconcerned I almost grabbed it. I thought of taking a video but since it was not moving and my snake hook was still inside my pack (I didn't plan on looking for snakes until later in the day) I broke off a stick to see if I could lift it up and gauge its full length but as soon as the stick touched it from underneath it shot off quick as can be. Ok, enough playing around, let's get moving.

Since I didn't have the waypoint pre-loaded for Peak 3496 I wasn't sure exactly which peak it was or how far so I continued to the SE following a line of peaks, dropping into each saddle and climbing each rise until I knew I reached the correct one. While on the summit I scanned to the south trying to decide which of those peaks were another one on my list. It looked like roughly a mile straight across but with two very deep ravines in between and halfway through my Gatorade I headed back to the car for the 90-minute, 14-mile drive to Bell Butte, which was one of the three I originally planned on climbing.

I posted 23 photos on HAZ as well as on my own web site here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/album.php?id=147
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